Q&A Special: Sarah Lamb, Royal Ballet Cover Girl
Broken ballerina who hobbled determinedly back to stardom again
by Ismene BrownThursday, 11 February 2010
Sarah Lamb in Monument Valley: ‘I have learned I can be myself without dance. But I’d rather be myself WITH dance’Jason Bell/Royal Opera House
You don’t usually find ballerinas in Monument Valley. Cowboys, maybe, but not a pale, slender girl in a glistening golden tutu alighting like an exotic butterfly briefly on a silk-shod toe in the very same red dust that John Wayne rattled across in Stagecoach. The cover pictures for the Royal Opera House season brochures have fielded some spectacular pictures, but the new spring image is symbolic of the enduring nature of the dancer’s will to survive. Sarah Lamb, the translucent blonde from the US, is back on pointe after a year when her career appeared to be over.
Breaking her foot in a Manon rehearsal a year ago deprived her not only of her debut in this much coveted ballerina role, but, as she explains, forced her to wonder who she could be without dance in her life. Sarah Lamb (b 1980) joined the Royal Ballet six years ago from Boston Ballet, one of the rare Americans to cross the Atlantic. Conversation ranged over the gruesome details of injury, her unusual training under a legendary Russian teacher, her love of painting, and the accidents (literally) of the path to finding Mr Right on stage.